Below is a list of my attempt at packing light for a Europe trip that mixes cycle touring and regular touristing. I’ve gone with similar set ups in the past, but this time decided to drill down to clothing items that will span a range of situations.
SHIRTS (4 listed, 3 will be packed)
Club Ride Detour Button Up Shirt 175g/6.2oz
Light and breezy with a discrete passport size zipper pocket on lower flank of shirt. This time a muted plaid – fits in well in northern Europe. I can ride in it and also go out to dinner.
Threads 4 Thought Triblend Short Sleeve V-Neck Tee 129g/4.5oz
Cheap on Amazon, light, cool and comfortable. I chose V neck for my non-tech T-shirt because it can come across as a bit more style conscious than a crew neck. With long pants looks smart in a restaurant. All synth tri-blend is airy, soft and light, yet drapes like a cotton blend.
Next Level 60 Cotton/40 Poly V-neck T-shirt 146g/5.1oz
Looks and feels like 100% cotton, with a denser weave than the shirt above, but still dries pretty well. I’m torn on which to choose. The shirt above is navy and a little cooler, this one is a nice tone of black and a little sharper looking. Above packs a little smaller.
Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily Shirt 133g/4.7oz
Very light and soft, dries fast, reasonable cut. A sink/fountain washable champ that works fine for athletics and walking around town, and is cozy enough to sleep in it that’s your jam.
Lululemon ABC Pants 444g/15.7oz
Versatile comfortable durable good-looking pants. Lighter than most other choices, and a passport-sized hidden pocket inside one back pocket. Front pockets straight drop, not slash, and deep. Tough to pick, won’t spill contents when you sit.
Volcom Hybrid Walking Shorts 274g/9.7oz
Very comfortable, generous cut without any unnecessary fabric, durable, stain resistant. They are designed to also work as swim trunks (hence “hybrid,” even have mesh as part of the inner pocket to let water pass). 5 pockets. One rear pocket zippers shut, and there is a deep, flat narrower pocket on the side perfect glasses, pocket knife, or small things you want deep in a pocket.
Rei Junction Bike Shorts 202g/7.1oz
Thick fabric and pad, “modesty” (aka American) cut. Stretchy side pocket are great for a phone while riding, and squirrel-cheeking loads of other stuff when transitioning to and from the bike.
Saucony Xodus Ultra Trail running shoes, with Sole High Volume Synthetic insoles 728g/25.6oz
The Xodus are significantly lighter than my Hoka Stinson home daily drivers and have a cooler upper. The Xodus is a less bulky looking shoe too, but still a generous toe box.
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